Marcel Marceau discusses his career, analyzes the value of pantomime, and describes the creation of his famous character, Bip. Includes short sequences from various routines featuring Bip. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
Here, Willard Hahn films the Chaco region of Paraguay, exploring the ranch of American Bob Eaton, featuring Ligua Indian vaqueros. Also shown is a hand-cranked radio "bringing civilization to the wild Chaco." Also featuring the Mennonite settlement of Filadelfia, old streetcar in Asunción. For more on Willard Hahn, visit www.afana.org/hahnwillard.htm
As far as we have been able to determine, this film is the first nationally distributed educational film to embrace the interaction of races and cultures in the United States. Ostensibly a child's film, it's the story of a boy in Minnesota who builds a toy boat and sends it on a journey southward along the Mississippi River. Meandering through scenery beautifully photographed by Barnes, the boat serves as a metaphor for the integration of the American cultures; the boat is found by a Chippewa...
byEducational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
MIT Professor John G. King uses the photomultiplier and the oscilloscope to demonstrate that light shows particle behavior. He describes the photmultiplier, demonstrates amplification, and discusses the reasoning required to understand the final outcome. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
Sent by the U.S. government as a participant in the Marshall Plan with a specific mission to assist the French in re-gearing their animation studios, Stapp discovered a Europe much-decimated by war, but in further danger of annihilation by nuclear weapons. Returning to the U.S., he produced this alarming-yet-hopeful film, replete with its lonely, Tanguy-inspired landscapes peopled with static figures casting long shadows across charcoal-colored plains. While taking the risk of leaning a bit... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: animation, Marshall Plan
‘Pineapple Culture’ (1955) 10m, prod. Paul Hoefler. Just about everything you ever wanted to know about pineapple. Here, workers are shown planting young plants on the island of Lanai, bent over and using a since-outlawed short-handled hoe, to the tune of 5-7,000 plants per day per worker. Filmed at Del Monte's massive holdings, the film discusses planting and harvesting techniques, pest control and fertilization.
Creates an awareness of the different forms of beauty found in cities. Explains that art, not luxury, is necessary and that nature enriches cities. Shots of San Francisco, Rome, and the Gold Rush town of Columbia, California. The film extols the modern outdoor shopping mall, enhanced by public art and parks, as an important aspect of civic architecture and design. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm Topic: shopping mall
This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: afana, highway safety films, academic film, employee theft
Kit Davidson here presents a satire in which the hero overcomes all obstacles against his rival to win a girl and ends in glorious victory. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm ( 1 reviews )
An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by. Barnes, who must be considered among the... Topic: apocalypse
José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was an important Mexican satirist, known for his engravings and broadsides, pillorying the excesses of the regime of Porfirio Díaz. His graphical invention, the Calavera de la Catrina, has become iconic in Mexico, portrayed in print and sculpture. This film provides a history of the artist and his times. Topics: Catrina, calavera, cientificos, Porfirio Diaz
The SCF (Sectional Center Facility) machine allows specially trained postal clerks to visually can one letter per second, then strike three keys to encode the last three digits of a zip code. It's mindless work, and it's just one of the facets of postal distribution shown in this decades-old film. Here, we witness a true story about a boy with a hearing disability and his correspondence with running back Larry Brown of the Washington Redskins,a professional football player who has the same... Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Irving Rusinow, Postal Service, NFL, Washington Redskins, Larry Brown
This film showcases the work of the Jiménez family of Oaxaca, and the legendary Zapotec potter Doña Rosa Real de Nieto, and her traditional technique of below-ground firing. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Dona Rosa de Nieto, Oaxaca, Mexico, Zapotec
This film was created by Willis Simms' animation students at Hughes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm Topic: ecology'student-made film
This important film focuses on the experimental project most responsible for taking millions of public dollars away from textbook producers, and delivering it into the hands of educational film companies. The result? The blossoming of the academic film movement in the U.S., a filmmaking renaissance that changed the way curriculum was discussed and taught in North America. Here we visit the classroom that toppled the textbook companies, at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Our... Topics: education, history of education, mediated instruction
Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at... Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Provincetown: 1953 The First Summer (2007) 6m. This extraordinary home movie is essentially a time capsule of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as it was in the summer of 1953, consisting of old stills and silent black and white film. In 1953, Yvonne Andersen and Betty King, art students at LSU, went to Provincetown for the summer to study with painter Hans Hofmann. Living there at the same time, aspiring writer Dominic Falcone. The trio met in Provincetown, and for a time were all working at the... ( 1 reviews )
This exceptional film discusses how the people of the Mexican village of Mijas (called 'Santa Clara' in film) follow an ancient tradition of coppermaking established before the coming of the Spanish missions, and shows their methods in detail. 56 families live in the village, all are coppersmiths. Highlights include building an oven from mud and stone, melting copper ore, and the beating of sheet copper into large trays and bowls by small and large hammers. This is the Spanish language version... Topics: metalsmith, coppersmith
This film describes how Puerto Rico, with too many people and too few resources, created an industrial economy and emerged from colonial rule to self - government. Governor Luis Muños Marin here decsribes his "Operation Bootstrap" program, interviewed on-camera with director Bill Deneen. The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard. Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Puerto Rico, Luis Muños Marin, Operation Bootstrap